Talk on Tea: Learn about tea poems, rituals, making and tasting this month

An ornate white china teapot with bamboo handle sits on a wooden tray next to a pottery cup, filled with green tea.

Jilan Wei is a PhD researcher in MAH. These sessions form her Researcher-Led Initiatives funded project.

**NOTE: The in-person session has been rescheduled to Thursday 28 July due to train strikes**

I would like to invite you to join my RLI-funded project Talk on tea: tea poems, tea rituals, tea making and tasting. The project is comprised of three sessions which aim to help researchers communicate with each other through the topic of tea. 

The sessions will introduce you to the different tea cultures in the world. In addition, they will show you how tea can be used to help you relax and enrich your life. Finally, the sessions will enhance your tea-related health awareness and help you to develop a positive lifestyle to conduct your academic research. 

Please join us over the next few weeks to explore the fascinating tea cultures and the healthy tea-related lifestyles.

Session 1: Chinese tea poems and tea culture (ONLINE)
Date: Wednesday 13 July 2022
Time: 3-4pm 
This session concentrates on some Chinese tea poems and reveals the relevant Chinese tea culture, including tea functions and tea wares in Tang and Song Dynasties.  

Zoom ID: 805 187 2866
Passcode: 663097
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/8051872866?pwd=ZE9wVHJUTTNObjBlY2xUUlM5LzFzQT09

Session 2: Tea culture in China, Japan and UK (ONLINE)
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2022
Time: 3-4 pm
This session will provide us with a good opportunity to talk about the tea cultures not only in China and the UK, but also in other countries, e.g. Japan and India. After I do my presentation on tea rituals in China, anyone is welcome to share with us the tea culture in their country.

Zoom ID: 805 187 2866
Passcode: 663097
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/8051872866?pwd=ZE9wVHJUTTNObjBlY2xUUlM5LzFzQT09  

Session 3: Appreciating tea-brewing art, tasting Chinese tea and discussing tea-related lifestyle (IN PERSON)
Date: Thursday 28 July 2022
Time: 11:00 – 13.00
Venue: Arts A108
This is the most fascinating part of the project. We’ll watch a tea art expert from China demonstrating how to brew three kinds of tea (red tea, green tea and oolong tea) in her well-equipped studio. This expert won second prize in a national vocational skill competition of tea art masters, and now she is running a tea art studio successfully in Shanghai, China.

In addition, a university teacher who is also a tea art expert will provide us with a detailed introduction to tea brewing art. After the presentation and demonstration, we’ll do a quiz on tea knowledge included in the videos and presentation. Whoever can answer the question correctly may be given a small gift. 

Moreover, according to what we learn from the demonstration, we will make our own tea (three kinds of Chinese tea will be provided) and talk about the relevant lifestyle over tea. Lunch is also provided.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to email me at jw715@sussex.ac.uk.